Classes

ASTR 4998: Senior Thesis

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020
A one-on-one, independent study course on X-ray Astronomy and/or Clusters of Galaxies, leading to writing a Senior Thesis.  Most often, this is an observational or theoretical research project.  Can be one or two semesters.

ASTR 2120: Introduction to Astrophysics II

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

This course provides a physics-based, mathematical introduction to the astronomy of stars, galaxies, and the Universe. Topics covered include: the observed properties of stars; stellar interiors; stellar spectra; binary stars; the Sun as a star; the life and death of stars; black holes; binary stars and X-ray sources; the interstellar medium; our Milky Way galaxy; other galaxies; clusters of galaxies; the large-scale structure of the Universe; active galaxies; the expanding universe; cosmology, the Big Bang, and the early Universe. It is intended primarily for Astronomy, Astronomy-...

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ASTR 2110: Introduction to Astrophysics I

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2017

This course provides a physics-based, mathematical introduction to the astronomy of stars, stellar remnants (white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes), interstellar matter, and the Milky Way (our galaxy). It is intended primarily for Astronomy, Astronomy-Physics, and Physics majors. Topics which are covered include: orbital motions; coordinate systems: telescopes; emission and absorption of radiation; the observed properties of stars; the Sun; stellar interiors; stellar spectra; binary stars; the life and death of stars; general relativity; white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black...

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ASTR 1210: Introduction to the Sky and the Solar System

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2013

This class provides are non-mathematical introduction to:  the night sky; the history of astronomy through Newton; the Solar System, including the Sun, Earth, Moon, planets, meteors and comets; the origin and evolution of the Solar System; life in the universe.; and recent results from space missions and ground-based telescopes.  It satisfies 3 credits of the General Education Science Area Requirement, or the New Curriculum Chemical, Mathematical, & Physical Universe or Science & Society Disciplines Requirement.

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ASTR 5450: High Energy Astrophysics

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2006

An introduction to radiation and particle interactions, fluid and plasma dynamics, and other physical processes important to the study of high energy phenomena in astronomy. Techniques for X--ray, gamma--ray, and cosmic ray astronomy will be discussed briefly. Applications to cosmic rays, pulsars, supernovae, binary X--ray sources, gamma--ray sources, clusters of galaxies, and active galactic nuclei will be discussed.

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ASTR 5420: The Interstellar Medium

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2006

Physical processes which aect interstellar gas will be discussed, including line excitation, absorption line formation, ionization, heating and cooling, thermal equilibrium, and thermal instability.  Particular attention will be given to photoionized gas. The dynamics and distribution of the interstellar gas will also be described. Hot gas in elliptical galaxies, clusters of galaxies, and the intergalactic medium may also be discussed. The optical and physical properties of dust grains will be explored.

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ASTR 6220: Fundamental Concepts in Astronomy: Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2002
This course provides a nonmathematical introduction to the astronomy of the stars, galaxies, and cosmology. It is intended primarily for non-science majors, and the course satisfies three hours of the science area requirement. Topics which are covered include: the night sky; the nature of stars, their formation and life histories; light, atoms, and telescopes; binary stars and gravity; supernovae, white dwarfs, pulsars, neutron stars, and black holes; the structure and formation of the Milky Way, our home galaxy; interstellar matter; the nature of other galaxies and their origins; active... Read more about ASTR 6220: Fundamental Concepts in Astronomy: Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe

ASTR 1220: Introduction to the Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2002

This course provides a nonmathematical introduction to the astronomy of the stars, galaxies, and cosmology. It is intended primarily for non-science majors, and the course satisfies three hours of the science area requirement. Topics which are covered include: the night sky; the nature of stars, their formation and life histories; light, atoms, and telescopes; binary stars and gravity; supernovae, white dwarfs, pulsars, neutron stars, and black holes; the structure and formation of the Milky Way, our home galaxy; interstellar matter; the nature of other galaxies and their origins; active...

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